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Launch of the Arab Regional Agenda for Improving Education Quality

Begins:   Jan 19, 2012 02:15
Ends:   Jan 20, 2012 

Improving the quality of education is one of the most important challenges and pressing issues for the future of the Arab world. Most countries in the region have achieved ambitious education reforms, providing almost universal access to education, getting girls into schools and financing classrooms, training and textbooks.

However, questions about education quality persist. Young Arabs are graduating, but without the skills for competitive labor markets compared to other regions around the world. To address this issue, the Arab League Education, Culture and Science Organization (ALECSO) located in Tunis will launch the Arab Regional Agenda for Improving Education Quality (ARAIEQ) on January 19-20, 2012. ARAIEQ is an umbrella initiative that ties new and existing, private and public programs into a more coherent and more effective regional network.

At the outset, ARAIEQ will consist of five regional programs related to key dimensions of quality of education that will be hosted by institutions in different cities around the Arab world:

  1. Teacher Policies
  2. Monitoring and Evaluation of Learning Outcomes
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Early Childhood Development
  5. Curriculum Innovation, ICTs and Qualifications

So far, ARAIEQ has received the unanimous endorsement of the Arab Ministers of Education in their meeting held in Tunis on December 20, 2011. They will be represented at the launch by the Ministers of Education of Tunisia and Algeria. Also, representatives from several global and regional organizations and partners, in both the public and the private sectors, including the World Bank, UNESCO, the Qatar Foundation, the Islamic Development Bank, Microsoft, Intel and others, will be there.

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